A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, October 3, 2013
“Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes.” -1 Chronicles 16:21
Too often, we want to take matters into our own hands, instead of putting them in the Father’s Hands which is where they need to be. Too often, we want to attack in the flesh; rather than canceling out and correcting in the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:12 brings this point home: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We don’t wrestle with people. We need to take our fight to the spirit realm and wrestle against the spirit behind the person. We need to take it to God, talk it over with God, and ask God to show us and give us the strategy in how to deal with this person and situation. And He will.
I tell my guys who are on probation and parole, who want to constantly fight with their probation/parole officers, that all they are doing is kicking a tank. And they are not going to hurt that tank one bit. All these young folks will do is to break their foot. They are fighting in the flesh, and that won’t work.
Are you fighting in the flesh and have a broken foot to show for it? Proverbs 21:1 assures us that “the king’s heart is in God’s hands.” So if you need your boss, your parent, your spouse, your child, an ex, and anyone in your life to have a change of heart, stop trying to convince them of what they need to do and start asking God, who is the holder of hearts, to turn their hearts to where they need to be. Notice I write “where they need to be” and not where you think they should be.
A while ago, I picked up a book because I loved the title. It was written by a bunch of younger kids, and the title was even written in their hand-writing. The book was simply entitled “Treat me Good, Lord.” I love it! What a simple yet powerful prayer! I pray that often: “Treat me good, Lord. Treat my loved ones good, Lord.”
The Hebrew word for “rebuked” as used in this verse is al meaning “above, over, upon, against” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). The Hebrew word for “king” as used both here and in Proverbs 21:1 is melek (meh-lek) meaning “royalty, ascending on the throne.” The point here is that no person is above God. God is above, over, upon; and if necessary, will come against any person regardless of their rank. You and I can’t change the heart of a king; but we have an ally, a friend, who is ready, willing, and able to swoop in like a superhero and change our situation. Are you going to keep kicking that tank, or are you going to ask your Father to become the heart of the matter?
Father, thank You that you hold the hearts of all people. Thank You that no one is outside of Your influence and your authority. Father, we are so grateful that we have You to turn to in times of need. We thank You that the king’s heart is in your Hand and that you will rebuke, even a king, on our behalf. We call on you today to change hearts, starting with our own heart, that we would have a heart like David who You called a man after Your own heart (Acts 13:22). Father, we call on You and we thank You for going before us on our behalf with every person, with every situation, and with every circumstance. And we thank You for the victory. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we have what we have asked because we have asked according to Your will. So we call it done! Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek the counsel of God concerning matters that you are dealing with, and especially matters of the heart. Choose to put the flesh to death, and rise up in the spirit; dealing with people and circumstances in a Godly-way, led by God’s Spirit, and for God’s glory. And continue to fight the good fight of waging war in the Spirit; for God, your Divine Influence, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.